Morning report. 1999-06-25

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0611 MāORI NEWS 1616 NEWS STORY A.C.C. KILLING prompts calls for better safety for public servants. Janet Pike, aged 34, died after being stabbed several times at Henderson ACC offices. 35 year old West AK man charged with her murder. (Melita Tull)
0620 RURAL NEWS DAIRY MEGA MERGER - Dairy Board chief exec hits back at critics of proposed merger. Warren Larsen says details on exit provisions will be drawn up within 2 months and disputes Prof Neil Quigley's concerns that lack of tradeable shares may make new structure's management less accountable. (Diana Leufkens) RURAL POLICIES - NATIONAL MPs led by John Carter in North Island and Eric Roy illegible south Island take to road today on nationwide tour to explain National's rural policies and hear the concerns of farmers, business people, and provincial NZ. ACT's Rural spokesman Owen Jennings says National has left it a bit late. ACT started listenting tours of rural NZ the week after the last election.(q). (Diana Leufkens) RURAL WOMEN NZ, formerly WDFF, has new president as well as new name. Margaret Millard replaces Jeanette Tarbotton, says new developments will include internet site, and stronger focus on legal, business, and environmental issues of relevance to women. (Diana Leufkens) WOOL PRICES MIXED at combined CH and Napier sale. Crossbred fleece and good style second shear wool prices generally unchanged but short style second shear up to 7.5% cheaper. (Diana Leufkens) BULL SALE - averages increase by more than $1,000 for most breeds at Beef Expop national bull sales in Palmerston North. Top price of $43,000 paid for Ranui Impact, 2 year old Angus from Feilding's Atahua Stud. (Jill Galloway) MID-CANTY FIRE - owner and farm manager of mid-Canty station plead not guilty to lighting burn-off without permission which destroyed almost 500 ha of high country. Fire on Big Ben range near Lake Coleridge last September burned for 4 days. (Lauren McKenzie) illegible SPORTS STORY RUGBY - ATHLETIC PARK - All Black test against France on Saturday is the last to be played at the ground. From next year, test rugby in WN moves to the new stadium. Live i/v with commentator John McBeth about this and about return of Andrew Mehrtens to All Black squad.
0635 NEWS STORY WORLD TRADE ORGN - LEADERSHIP - Mike Moore returns to NZ while WTO takes short breather in selection process, says bitter campaign and months of delays in choosing new director general are sidetracing progress on new free trade agenda. Comment also from PM Jenny Shipley, and trade expert Prof Ralph Lattimore. (Stephen Harris) INTERNATIONAL PAPERS MANA MāORI:
0648 BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS A.C.C. INSURANCE - thousands of businesses expected to miss today's deadline for singing up with private workplace insurer, will be automatically covered by ACC subsidiairy @Work Insurance for another 3 months. Comment from workplace insurance specialist Bruce Baillie of Pricewaterhouse Coopers. (Gyles Beckford) INTERNET CREDIT FRAUD - retailers warned to take extra care when accepting mail and telephone credit card payments because of fraudsters using computer programmes on internet to obtain valic card numbers from around world. John Albertson, Retail Merchants' Assn chief exec, comments. (Paul Diamond) FINANCE/MARKETS MARKET REVIEW INFRATIL/TRUSTPOWER - utilities investor Infratil issues strong reply to TrustPower's comment on Infratil's future share-buying plans. Infratil and allied shareholder Alliant give notice to raise TrustPower holdings to around half. Infratil asks Stock Exchange surveillance panel to look at TrustPower possibly misleading market and what it regards as Trustpower's abuse of Stock Exchange rules. (Gyles Beckford) COMPUTER PROBLEMS - police and land information computer systems only latest in list of projects that have turned into expensive and time-consuming embarrassments. David Stupples, of P A Consulting in Britain, visiting NZ, says computer projects are notorious for turning bad and answer lies in better specifications. (Gyles Beckford) U.S. - NEW YORK MONEY MANAGER - Mark Frankel's company Liberty National Securities appears to have been front for siphoning off money from dozen small insurance companies in 5 states, as well as funds of supposed charitable illegible British Virgin Islands. Authorities must now find him and the missing millions. Money-tracking specialist with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Mark Biros, says they'll have their work cut out. GOLD - intended sales of gold by some central banks are another pressure on world price, some of biggest gold producers crying foul. Comment from Kelvin Williams, Anglo-Gold of South Africa. BUSINESS BRIEFS

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0700 INTRO/NEWS A.C.C. KILLING - death of Janet Pike at Henderson ACC office raises concerns that staff security around country may not be adequate despite training programmes on how to avoid or defuse threatening situations with clients. Live i/v with chief exec Garry Wilson and Richard Wagstaff, PSA national manager. PM's CREDIBILITY under serious attack following fresh revelations regarding her claim that former TV newsreadeer John Hawkesby was given $1 million golden handshake. Labour Party lodges breach of privilege complaint against her, alleging she misled Parliament, and 3 TVNZ staff claim she admitted making up the figure during live i/v on Monday night. Audio of Jenny Shipley, Labour leader Helen Clark, Alliance MP John Wright and TVNZ political editor Linda illegible live i/v with Political editor Al Morrison; live i/v with Helen Clark. APEC TRADE MEETING - Trade ministers arrive this weekend in NZ for meeting in AK. 3 of the most ardent free-traders in orgn, NZ< Australia and US, at odds over anticipated trade restrictions on lamb, while a bitter fight is going on over leadership of WTO. Live i/v with Economics correspondent Bronwen Evans.
0730 NEWS/WEATHER NZ PAPERS FINANCE UPDATE RUGBY - ALL BLACKS/FRANCE play at Athletic Park tomorrow, last time a test will be played there. Park has been scene of hard-fought games between NZ and France, including in 1968 when young French fullback Pierre Villepreux shocked the crowd with a huge kick. He's assistant coach of current touring team - i/ved. (Mng Rpt);live i/v with All Blacks manager Mike Banks. KOSOVO - NATO WELCOME - Secretary General Xavier Solano and spokesman Jamie Sead and supreme commander Gen Wesley Clark arrive to review peacekeeping mission. Correspondent Paul Wood says triumphant welcome of NATO leaders not surprising. (Mng Rpt) SOLOMON ISLANDS - CONFLICT - roadblocks set up around Honiara after Comonwealth envoys kidnapped yesterday by militant groups. Former Fiji PM Sitiveni Rabuka and another envoy were detained for several hours but later released. Live i/v with AFP correspondent Michael Field.
0800 NEWS/WEATHER PM's CREDIBILITY - Labour to lodge breach of privilege complaint against Jenny Shipley on grounds she misled Parliament over alleged payout to former TV newsreader John Hawkesby. Live i/v with National Party historian and head of AK UNiv's political science dept, Prof barry Gustafson, re implications. LAMB EXPORTS - U.S. - MEETING - Canty farmers this weekend hosting old-style woolshed meeting with Trade minister Lockwood Smith and Australian counterpart Tim Fischer. Meeting will be held on Murray Taggart's farm - how many people is he expecting to attend? - i/ved. (Mng Rpt) APEC - CARS - Trade ministers arriving in AK this weekend for meeting early next week. Security measures getting biggest test yet prior to leaders' summit in September. Reporter Lisa Owen joins special police team as it searches official car fleet for signs of sabotage. AUSTRALIA - CHILD MURDERER John Lewthwaite released on parole after serving 25 years in prison, becomes target of community outrage. I/v with Tim Latham. journalist covering the case. (Mng Rpt) INTERNATIONAL PAPERS NATO - EMBASSY BOMBING - new claims emerge that CIA analyst repeatedly questioned plans to bomb Belgrade building which housed Chinese embassy. His illegible are noted in classified internal report by CIA's inspector-general. Live i/v with Washington correspondent Robin Brandt.
0830 NEWS/WEATHER RUGBY - ATHLETIC PARK takes its final bow on international rugby stage this weekend. Stephen Hewson takes a look at the end of an era. FIJI - GOVERNMENT - new PM Mahendra Chaudhry pledges to uphold multiracial constitution and is confident his administration will serve out its full 5 year term. He's in NZ on state visit - i/ved live. TURKEY - OCALAN - lawyers defending Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan complete summing up. Trial judges say they'll deliver verdict next week. I/v with correspondent Chris Morris. (Mng Rpt) SCHOOL CLOSURE - embittered and embattled Invercargill community today standing by as Surrey Park school closes doors for last time, forced to close by Education ministry decision. Newly-established gorup seeking guidelines and protocols to help manage restructuring of school communities. (Gael Woods) WEEKEND WEATHER OZ SPOT - live i/v with Phil Kafcaloudes. ( confirmation that one of 2 pregnant Chinese women deported from Australia was forced to have abortion on return to China; GST amendments)

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Date 25 Jun 1999

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